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Chlorella: Your Go-To Anti-Aging Supplement

Chlorella sorokiniana extract is from the green microalgae, Chlorella of the phylum Chlorophyta.

This nutrient is a natural source of Omega-3 and omega-6 PUFAs! We decided to include it in our new Nervous System multi for its wide array of health benefits – including its anti-aging benefits. 

Here’s how chlorella works to improve your overall well-being:

Chlorella and Cognitive Function

Chlorella sorokiniana is often used for its cognition benefits with age, for weight control and even for cancer protection. It has demonstrated significant improvements in memory in rat studies.

It is thought to act via the activation of PPAR-alpha & gamma receptors by the linoleic and alpha-linolenic acids found in the lipid fraction. Activation of the PPAR receptor improves diabetes-induced cognitive dysfunction, memory, and cognition in several animal models.

Activation of the PPAR-gamma receptor improved expression of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) as well. BDNF is essential for the healthy development of the central nervous system and for neuronal plasticity.

Chlorella is primarily a protein and has all 9 essential amino acids. It also contains iron, and provides a healthy boost of antioxidants. 

A Natural Detoxifier & Antioxidant

Chlorella is also known for its ability to bind heavy metals.

We are exposed to heavy metals of a toxic nature by pollution of the air, ground, and water in our communities. Chlorella is also able to help lower levels of dioxin – a hormone disruptor found in many foods. Chlorella species and other microalgae provide protection against neurotoxicity from metals like lead.

It is also possible that chlorella enhances immune function.

The antioxidants considered to be present in Chlorella are beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, vitamin C, and chlorophyll. These act to help reduce the presence of advanced glycation end products (AGE). This means that chlorella is powerfully antioxidant both in terms of its ability to provide antioxidants, and protect from oxidative stressors like heavy metals.

Chlorella acts to preserve mitochondrial function as well. When testing chlorella against metabolically hyperactive rats, it helped to counteract the oxidative stress made from excessive energy production.

Chlorella Vs. Disease

The intake of carotenoids, like those in chlorella, help protect against aging and age-related diseases. 

The antioxidant activity of the marine polyphenols is also protective of DNA and prevents mutations often associated with cancers.

Also, lutein and beta-carotene are able to suppress atherosclerosis and are anti-atherogenic. Diets high in seaweed have demonstrated a reduced incidence of suicide. The micronutrients are very beneficial to mental health.

A marine seaweed-enriched diet diminishes the risk of neurodegenerative disease. Purified peptides from the highly proteinaceous Chlorella vulgaris have demonstrated protective effects against cellular damage.

Basic amino acids found in microalgae are known to have antioxidant properties. For example, phenylalanine, histidine and tryptophan scavenge hydroxyls. These are the most powerful types of free radicals that can damage the body, which means that these microalgae pack a powerfully antioxidant punch!


Chlorella’s Positive Polysaccharides

The polysaccharides of chlorella are also bioactive. They are age-lengthening and immune-enhancing.

Ulvan is generally the most prevalent of polysaccharides. This is a sulfated polysaccharide with biological activities that are immunomodulating, antiviral, antioxidant, antihyperlipidemic, and anticancer.

Ulvan has also demonstrated activity against the Japanese encephalitis virus which currently has not effective treatment.

These hydrophilic polysaccharides have antidepressant and anxiolytic effects. 

Seaweed polysaccharides are added to noodles in Asia to improve the health profile of this common food. 6% addition gives better cooking yield, water absorption, and richness of dietary fibers. Ulvan cannot be digested by human colonic flora and they retain water. This makes them a good source of dietary fiber.

In addition to these benefits, ulvan stabilizes the function of mitochondria in your cells. This increases energy output and efficiency for better overall function. It is also highly active against free radicals.

Many minerals are held in microalgae, and it is an excellent functional food. Most people use seaweed products every day but have no idea they do so. These products are in processed foods, toothpaste, meats, cosmetics, and dairy products.

All of these benefits are why we decided to include chlorella in our new Nervous System Multi! This multi contains other nervous system-enhancing ingredients, like resveratrol, PEA, essential omega-3’s, and more. 

These ingredients help protect nerve endings, assist in the formation of new neural pathways, and protect your entire nervous system from oxidative damage.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

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